Open House Programs

Open House members gather for a small-group discussion in Dejope Hall

Seminar Info

Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) 101 is a one-credit course led by Open House Faculty Director and Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies Ellen Samuels. The course explores past and present topics in LGBTQ communities. Readings and discussions in the seminar will be extended and enhanced by impromptu conversations and experiences around the lunch table and within Open House and Phillips Hall. This fun class is exclusively available to Open House residents.

Programs and Activities

Each semester, Open House hosts a variety of events that support and expand upon the ideals of the learning community. The events vary from movies to speakers to cookouts. No matter what the occasion, all events aim to build a stronger community and give anyone and everyone the chance to express themselves. Other notable events from Open House’s include attending local and national conferences, bringing prominent speakers to campus, and working with our campus partners to have a lot of fun!


Within each learning community, the seminar is a key part of the resident experience. In addition to the seminar, we strongly encourage residents to take advantage of the many other unique activities and events offered. You can participate in as many or as few programs as you would like, but the more active you are, the more opportunities you will find.